WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Assault On Precinct 13
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 11 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Austin Stoker, Darwin Josten, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West, Tony Burton, Kim Richards

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2.5
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This is presented as a “Collector’s Edition” and features running commentary by John Carpenter isolated on one analog track and Carpenter’s electronic musical score on the other, plus the original theatrical trailer.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID2304CK
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1976
(LD Release Date): 9/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Carpenter
(Screenplay/Written By): John Carpenter
(Story): NA
(Music): John Carpenter
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Tommy Wallace
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): John T. Chance
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Joseph Kaufman
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): J.S. Kaplan

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Assault On Precinct 13 is an action thriller that opens with a deadly police raid on young gang members caught in a weapons hold-up—but the assault weapons are never found. The escaping thugs, with the weapons in tow, blaze a trail of destruction, killing wantonly and finally following an escaped victim to the abandoned police precinct where they seek revenge.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is presented in the Panavision® scope 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Picture quality is poor with significant grain and artifacts throughout. The darkly rendered visuals are almost entirely shot interior with poor shadow detail and inaccurate color and fleshtones.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is presented in undistinguished and poorly recorded monaural. Sound effects sound lifeless.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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